Have you ever stopped by Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast in Covington, GA? This beautiful 10,000 square foot antebellum is a popular film location with some pretty incredible history. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, was chosen by GPB as one of Georgia’s Most Romantic Places, and named one of the top 10 B&B’s in the country by bedandbreakfast.com. The beautiful home has also been featured in numerous publications & books, and is considered a prime example of true antebellum architecture. Twelve Oaks has even become something of a celebrity amongst the Hollywood elite. But we’ll touch more on that later.
Twelve Oaks was originally built by Judge John Harris as his town house in 1836. The house would change owners a few times, immediately following the Civil War. In 1903, Nathanial S. Turner, an affluent cotton broker who owned Covington Mills, purchased the home and named it Whitehall. Turner added the third floor with the dormer windows, an expanded colonnade, and a second-floor, making the house into the stunning, stately home it is today. But, how did Turner’s Whitehall become Twelve Oaks as we know it today? Why, with the help of Margaret Mitchell of course!
In his book Antebellum Homes of Georgia, David King Gleason writes, “Margaret Mitchell saw a photograph of the house in the Atlanta Journal in February, 1939. She sent the clipping to Wilbur Kurtz, an Atlanta historian and Civil War authority who was in Hollywood consulting with the set designers of Gone With the Wind, saying, “I like this for Ashley’s home,” referring to Twelve Oaks.”
And from there, Hollywood kept calling! Some of the most films to be made at Twelve Oaks are the latest Vacation reboot, the 70’s indie horror flick Scalpel (also known as False Face), and scenes from locally filmed In the Heat of the Night. The home was also the setting for a Cindy Crawford Home Furniture Collection commercial by Rooms to Go. However, most fans will recognize Twelve Oaks as Lockwood Mansion from Season 6 of the Vampire Diaries!
The Vampire Diaries is still the biggest tourism draw for Twelve Oaks. Fans from across the globe have visited Newton County for film tourism. By our count, Covington has seen fans from 37 states and 16 countries, including visitors from Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Panama, and Portugal, just to stand where the Salvatore brothers once stood.
Care to check it out for yourself? Head down to Twelve Oaks and stay in one of their incredible “Hollywood” themed suites! You can choose among rooms like “Suite Home Alabama,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and “Steel Magnolia’s Spa Grand Suite.”
We personally recommend Katherine’s Mirror Image Grand Suite, with an original, working ribcage shower from the 1900’s. The other cool feature about this suite is that it has a connecting door to the “In the Heat of the Night” room if you wish to stay with a group of family or friends.
Make sure to take the Mystic Falls Tour with the Vampire Stalkers while you’re in town, which highlights the other great local spots where the Vampire Diaries has been filmed. Channel your inner Scarlett or inner Salvatore and book your stay at popular film location, Twelve Oaks, today!